Anyhoo, I'm so glad that Jenn from grimmricksen agreed to take over the blog for me today. She's a blogger like no other, loves books, shares my feminist ideals and looks smashing with red hair. What more could you ask for in a blog buddy? And wait til you see what she's got in store for you!
Hello there lovely G&M readers (I'm assuming you're lovely, so don't let me down)!
My parents named me Jennifer, just like most of the other parents in the 70's and 80's, but you can call me Jen, Jenn, Jenny, Sarah (not in any way my name, but something that many of my Utah friends insist on calling me -- long story). I'm kind of in charge of the grimmricksen blog, as well as a blog about my kid (where the only visitors are probably my parents, understandably), and an Etsy shop where I sell my feminist propaganda, wood jewelry, and whatever else I'm keen on making at the moment.
If you're anything like me, you probably fancy yourself at least moderately crafty and a wee bit cheap. And maybe, just maybe, you like to decorate for the holidays... or at least the awesome ones toward the end of the year. If this sounds like you, then I have the perfect craft for you: painted (fake) pumpkins! Obviously you can paint real pumpkins, but you can't exactly reuse it next year, which kind of undermines the whole thrifty aspect, but go with your gut.
The supplies are simple:
- Paint colors of your choice
- A cut-out of a diamond
- a sharpie or paint pen
- Paint brushes (both tiny & large)
First things first: Paint your pumpkin... the whole thing. Cover that bad boy in your base color (I went with basic white). You can use spray paint or hand paint it on with a big brush. Let it dry. Honestly, I never have great luck with spray painting any of my projects, so I tend to just hand paint everything.
Now take that fancy little diamond you cut out and trace it all the way around your pumpkin. You can use a pen, marker whatever, it'll most likely end up covered up by the end of it all. I can almost guarantee that you'll end up with too much or too little space when it comes to that last diamond -- just go with it, make it work however.
Next, go ahead and fill in all those diamonds with your paint color of choice. If you plan on outlining your diamonds, there's no real need to keep your lines absolutely perfect, but if you don't feel like lining them, keep your lines nice and clean. I wish I hadn't outlined this fella, if I'm being honest. Oh well. Let it dry.
You're getting close to the end, so now it's time to bust out that Sharpie, paint pen, or tiny paint brush and get to work making those dashes that make it a fancy schmancy argyle pattern. There's no special trick to it, just make dotted lines going through the center of each diamond... essentially big X's.
The final (optional, but recommended) step: seal it. Take your pumpkin outside into a well ventilated area and spray it with a nice even layer of clear sealer... satin, semi-gloss, gloss... whatever look you're going for. Let it dry outside or in the garage if possible (I wouldn't want you to get stoned of the fumes).
Aaaaannnnddd you're done! Give yourself a high-five or maybe a pat on the back or a big glass of wine (or all three, eh?) and sit back and enjoy your fancy new holiday decoration.
See? I told you that she had something special for you! I would leave these up all year round in order to show off my mad painting skills. And because sometimes I'm lazy like that.
Thanks again Jenn! Maybe you'll stop back by and share another holiday DIY in December? We'd love to have you around again.
Until then, I suggest that everyone go visit Jenn's blog and see her excellent crafty skill and say 'hi'...